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Performing the Pilgrims

Traces how the representation of pilgrim settlers to North America has evolved over the past hundred years at the Living Museum of Seventeenth-Century Plymouth, in the town of Plimoth Plantation. Beginning ...

The Kennedy Assassination

By Peter Knight
Categories: History

As a seminal event in late twentieth-century American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has permeated the American consciousness in a wide variety of ways. His death has long fascinated ...

The Press and Race

Edited by David R. Davies
Categories: History

For southern newspapers and southern readers, the social upheaval in the years following Brown v. Board of Education (1954) was, as Time put it in 1956, “the region's biggest running story since slavery.” ...

The Circle of Guilt

By Fredric Wertham
Introduction by William Bush
Categories: Popular Culture

In 1955 a New York City court sentenced Puerto Rican immigrant and teenage gang member Frank Santana to twenty-five years to life for second-degree murder. Fredric Wertham (1895–1981), one of the most ...

Nitty Gritty

A controversial journalist's experiences while working as editor for African American publications in Chicago.

Odd-Egg Editor

This reflective autobiographical book details Kathryn Tucker Windham’s pleasures and her challenging struggles in the world of southern newsrooms. Though not a crusader or a trailblazer for women’s ...

New York Voices

Renowned jazz critic Whitney Balliett (1926–2007) loved New York. A longtime columnist and critic for the New Yorker, he wrote about the city's artistic side and night life for fifty years. In many ...

Mass Media and the Shaping of American Feminism, 1963-1975

Beginning in 1963 with the publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and reaching a high pitch ten years later with the televised mega-event of the “Battle of the Sexes”—the tennis match ...

Interviews with Betty Friedan

Writer, teacher, and public intellectual, Betty Friedan has been in the spotlight almost continuously since the publication of The Feminine Mystique, her landmark book, in 1963.

Transforming Friedan into ...

Obituaries in American Culture

By Janice Hume
Categories: History

“Within the short period of a year, she was a bride, a beloved wife and companion, a mother, a corpse,” reported The National Intelligencer on the death of Elizabeth Buchanan in 1838.

Such obituaries ...